Alumnus: Dance Performance and Choreography ’16
Darnell Williams began dancing when he was five, started competing in contemporary,
ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance at six, and followed in his sister’s footsteps
by enrolling in Towson University’s dance program at 18.
At TU, Williams has excelled on the stage and in the classroom. He was a member of the Towson University Dance Company for five semesters and participated in a special performance honoring Towson University’s 150th anniversary celebration. He was also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, president of Sigma Rho Delta Dance Fraternity, a member of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, and was the 2016 student representative for the Dance Department.
“My work was showcased early in my career at Towson University,” says Williams. “It is highly unusual to choreograph as much as I did as a freshman.” His choreography
was presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region American College Dance Association Conference
and at regional and national dance competitions. “There is a very close, tight-knit
dance community at Towson University. Faculty are supportive and create a healthy competitive environment.”
At TU, Williams learned much more than the mechanics of dance. “Towson University gave me the confidence to network with professionals in the area and advocate for myself as an artist with guidance in creating a personal website and promoting my performances.”
Williams admits, “When I started taking classes at Towson University, I did not consider myself as an artist because an artist must create and add perspective. After four years at TU, I now consider myself an artist.” Williams is now working as a dancer with Norwegian Cruise Lines in Broadway’s After Midnight.